Survivor Wrongful Death Claims

Was your spouse killed due to another person’s negligence? Learn about survivor wrongful death claims to seek compensation for your loss in this video by Ventura wrongful death lawyer Craig Murphy.

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If you have a potential wrongful death claim here in Ventura County, you may have been doing some research on the internet and seen that there are survivor actions and there are wrongful death actions. You were probably wondering what the difference is in California between a survival action and a wrongful death action. A survival action, or a survivorship action, are the injuries, pain, suffering, disability, and medical bills that have been paid for as a result of somebody’s negligence. They don’t go away just because your loved one or family member died. All of those claims survive and are still legitimate claims that can be made.

In addition to those claims, there are the wrongful death claims. Those are the losses that you and the close family members suffer because of the loss of this loved one: the loss of companionship, love, and financial support. Those are the damages that go to you. Those are the two separate, and completely different causes of action.

In California, wrongful death claims are complex. They are often fought very vigorously by the insurance companies. You need an attorney who is a skilled and experienced trial lawyer who will be able to fill a lawsuit on your behalf and build a case with a solid foundation and who will get the evidence necessary to support both the survivorship and the wrongful death claims.

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